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A reporter with PLATFORM TIMES, Fawaz Adebisi, has been nominated for a National Award, by the Youth Digest foundation, after reporting on illegal wildlife poaching inside Ogun Forest.
Fawaz, who is a student of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, was nominated for the feature writer award along side other journalists in different categories, as the it would be presented to them at Abuja.
The report was sponsored under the ‘Rewriting the Narratives of Environmental Crimes in Nigeria’ project which was sponsored by 1-79 media consults and supported by the Environmental Reporting Collective (ERC).
The report titled, “Unchecked poaching inside Ogun forest as wildlife migrate to other habitats” had in details on how wildlife go into extinction locally, in Omo Forest Reserve, Ijebu Local Government, Ogun State.
The report revealed how poachers kill and illegally poach wildlife, in contrary to Section 30 and particularly Part VI and VII of the National Parks Service Act.
In the report, Omo Reserve, with 1,359.06km land mass, was disclosed to share boundary with Shasha and Oluwa forests in Osun and Ondo states respectively , as it has over 125 animals including elephants, pangolins, vultures, sea turtles, monkeys, chimpanzees and parrots and over 200 types of trees.
The report however revealed how much Ogun state had lost to wildlife, noting that “a former Commissioner for Forestry in Ogun State, Ayo Olubori, in 2013 disclosed that about N60 billion was lost to forest depletion, encroachment and exploitation of timber in the past 15 years.”
In the same vein, the report showed that in the same year, the Ogun State government arrested eight poachers for allegedly killing an elephant in the reserve, revealing that the tusk of the elephant alone was valued at N25 Million.
Investigating on what poachers do with wildlife, it was revealed that poachers sell animals such as pangolins, elephants, sea turtles and vultures, to herbal doctors, as they also sell body parts including elephant tusks, lion skins, and others to trado-medicine companies.
It was also reported that poachers use charm on forest guards before entering, killing and poaching wildlife.
As a result, the report showed that residents of the J4 area of Benin-Ore road in Ogun State raised alarm that about 50 elephants and their calves (baby elephant) have migrated from the J4 forest to Itashin, a border community between Ogun and Lagos.
However, the report showed that no arrest of illegal wildlife traffickers in the state has been made by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) in Ogun State over the years.
It also showed government’s efforts towards curbing forest invasion as, according to the report, the government is providing adequate security measures in the reserve.
It also stated that the government is also working on a sensitization programme in order to curb wildlife trafficking, as it stated that there are jingles on forestry in the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC) and Ogun State Television (OGTV).
The journalists that were nominated are, News Reporter, Salako Emmanuel Oluwatobiloba (EKSU), Hamid Fatimah Omotayo (UDUS), Abdullahi Abdullateef (BUK), Fawaz Adebisi (MAPOLY), Mudathir Hayatullahi Folorunsho (UDUS); Gender Equality, Amanatullahi Ismail (UDUS), Latinwo Gbolahan Jubril (OAU), Mariam Hamzat (LAUTECH), Hamid Fatimah Omotayo (UDUS).
Others are, Features Writer, Adebayo Abdulrahman (University of Ibadan); Philip Anjorin (AAUA); Alofe Faith Opeyemi(OAU); Precious Ewuji(FUOYE), Investigative Reporter, Abdulwaheed Sofiullahi (UDUS); Shereefdeen Ahmad (UDUS); Abdulrahman Uthman Ayomide (University of Ibadan); Abdulrasheed Hammad (UDUS); Zainab Yetunde Adam (UNIMAID), Editor; Abdulwasiu Olokooba (UDUS); Okafor John Oluwadamilare (UI ); Abdulrasheed Hammad (UDUS); Broadcast, Oluwatosin Ologun (AAUA); Akintulubo Precious (OOU); Jarius Awo (BSU); Zainab Abdulganiyi (EKSU); Akinsuure Semilore (AAUA), Sports; Oluwaferanmi Omoniyi (EKSU); Olorunfemi Victor (AAUA); Shereefdeen Ahmad (UDUS); Confidence Chibueze (UNIUYO); Samuel Akintunde (LASU), Entertainment; Monsuroh Abdulsemiu (LASU); Promise Eze (UDUS); Chinalurumogu Eze (UNN); Adedimeji Quayyim Abdul-Hafeez (UNILORIN); Olaide Fareedat Taofeeq (LASU); Upcoming Writer, Abdulganiyu Abdulrahman Akanbi (UDUS); Zainab Adewale (OAU); Mohammed Oluwatimileyin Taoheed (UDUS); Olanshile Ogunrinu (UNIBADAN); Sunday Awosoro (FUOYE), Author, Oyeleye Mahmoodah Temitope (UDUS); Akingbondere Babatunde David (AAUA).
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